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Sri Lanka Telecom’s fully owned cellular subsidiary rolls out second phase of its GSM network expansion to increase capacity to one million lines. Sri Lanka Telecom’s fully owned cellular subsidiary rolls out second phase of its GSM network expansion to increase capacity to one million lines. Mobitel on Tuesday signed a deal with global telecom infrastructure giant Ericsson to roll out its expansion plans.

Mobitel Chief Marketing Officer Nalin Perera said the cellular operator had sold over 300,000 connections on its network build for 400,000 lines.

The second phase expansion will add 600,000 lines and push its land coverage past its claimed current 50-percent of the island mark.

The expansion will also stretch the coverage map across to the north and east provinces.

Mobitel migrated to a GSM platform in late 2003 soon after it was acquired by Sri Lanka Telecom, with an initial investment of US$ 70 million for 310 base stations.

The cellular operator later announced that it would invest a total US$ 140 million to put up 600 base stations and expand its network capacity to one million lines.

Mobitel shares the Sri